Study finds switch for internal, external brain processes

08/14/2014 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Researchers at New York University's Langone Medical Center have observed how the brain switches between internal and external information processes in mice, according to a study in Cell. Scientists manipulated thalamic reticular nucleus cells to get the mice to switch information systems. Researchers hope the study could lead to treatments for people with autism or schizophrenia, whose brains have difficulty with the switching mechanism.

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